2023 CYC Canoe Race — A Great Success!

🚣‍♀️ A heartfelt thank you for being a part of the 43rd Annual Crescent Yacht Club Canoe Race! 🎉 Your participation made the event a tremendous success, and we’re immensely grateful for your support. Firstly, let’s give a round of applause to the sensational band, Flash Drive, whose lively performance added an incredible atmosphere to the race. Their music kept the energy high and spirits soaring throughout the day. We hope you enjoyed the delicious lunch provided. The burger and hot dogs were made possible by our dedicated team of volunteers, who worked tirelessly to ensure everyone had a delicious meal. Moreover, thanks to the incredible generosity of our sponsors, donors, and committee members, we not only reached but exceeded our fundraising goals! Your contributions will make a significant impact on our mission and the causes we support. However, what truly made the event memorable was the wonderful company we had. Each and every participant brought their enthusiasm, sportsmanship, and a sense of community that made the day truly special. Once again, a special thanks to our sponsors, donors, and committee members. Your unwavering support and dedication played a vital role in the success of this event. We look forward to your continued involvement in future endeavors as we strive to make a positive difference in our community together. 🙏❤️

#CrescentYachtClub #CanoeRace #GratefulCommunity

2023 Canoe Race Winners

  • 1st Place Overall and Non Member Kayak – Dan Donovan
  • 2nd Place Non Member – Gavin Grant
  • 3rd Place Non Member Kayak – Janet Champagne
  • 1st Place Non Member Canoe – Jim Will (Haverhill Pentucket Thunder Hockey) & Alex Martell
  • 2nd Place Non Member Canoe – Kyle Evans and Janell LeBlanc
  • 3rd Place Non Member Canoe – Kathy Godwin and Kerry Petalidas
  • 1st Place CYC member Canoe – Vicki Ryder and Kristen Dalphond
  • 1st Place First Responder – Jill Grant
  • 1st Place Restaurant – Vicki Ryder
  • Best Dressed/Canoe – Vicki Ryder and Kristen Dalphond
  • Runner Up Best Dressed – Janet Champagne

A very special thank you to Dick and Viki Ouellette, the 2023 CYC Canoe Race committee chairs! We invite all CYC members to join our committee for the 2024 Canoe Race. Reach out to canoe@crescentyachtclub.net to be added to the committee!


See you next year!

Registration is CLOSED for the Canoe Race until 2024!

Event Day Information & Schedule

Day of Event Information

It’s almost race time!

Registration can be completed and paid online via Venmo and completing a form and submitting your information.  Register on Venmo at the link above $40 (for the early bird special by May 25, 2023) or $50 (after May 26, 2023) per person registration fee. Please review the details below.

Life jackets must be worn at all times. Safety on the water is our #1 concern. We are inviting all participants to drink responsibly. We are here to support important causes, and everyone will be expected to be respectful with the canoes, volunteers, and other participants. Anyone in violation of this will be asked to leave. Anyone that appears to be intoxicated will not be allowed to canoe!

All participants are required to be back to the CYC by 2:00 pm at the latest.  We are all here to support out local non-profits and want to enjoy the party at the club without having to worry about late canoes.

Event Schedule

7:30 am Shuttle Buses Begin

8:00 am Registration (rain or shine)

  • Drop off pledge forms and donations
  • Coffee, donuts and water available

9:00 am Launch Your Kayak or Canoe

  • Essex County Correctional Alternative Center, 165 Marston Street, Lawrence (behind facility)


  • Canoes, kayaks, and other water craft make their way down the river towards the Crescent Yacht Club in Bradford

10:45 am Reception at CYC

  • Pick up t-shirts
  • Entertainment
  • Food and beverages
  • Raffle prizes
  • Vikings Invade the Crescent! Costumes encouraged!

1:30 pm Award Ceremony

  • 1st Place Member Canoe
  • 1st Place Member Kayak
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Canoe
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Kayak
  • Best Dressed and Runner Up

1 pm – 3 pm Shuttle Buses available to return participants to the start of the race each hour. 

Register Now!

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Levels 

This year we will raise money for numerous non-profits on Saturday, June 3, 2023 held at the Crescent Yacht Club. This year’s theme will be Vikings Invade the Crescent! Many local businesses are getting involved in this race through sponsorships and donations. Help make this the biggest year ever. No donation is too small. Below are our sponsorship levels.

Thank you for considering being a sponsor for the 43rd Annual Crescent Yacht Club Canoe Race

Platinum Medal Sponsor $1,000

  • Company name advertised with event
  • Company name or logo prominently listed on t-shirts
  • Company logo on event website
  • Social media shout-out

Gold Medal Sponsor $500

  • Company name highlighted in a larger font on t-shirts
  • Company name and logo on event website
  • Social media shout-out

Silver Medal Sponsor $250

  • Name or company name listed on t-shirts
  • Company name on event website
  • Social media shout-out

Bronze Medal Sponsor $100

  • Name or company name listed on t-shirts
  • Social media shout-out

Raffle Sponsors

  • Donation of restaurant, hotel, other gift certificates, weekend away packages, event tickets, gift baskets, spa certificates! Be creative!
  • Social media shout-out

Food Sponsor

  • Donation of food items including coffee/donuts, BBQ food items, soft drinks, etc.
  • Social media shout-out

Bring the form and payment to the Crescent Yacht Club or give to one of the committee members. Checks can be written to the Crescent Yacht Club Canoe Race. Send logos to eva@alphaeconsulting.com — we will need a black and white high resolution logo for the t-shirts, and a high resolution color logo for online posting. Thank you for being a sponsor! 

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Canoe Rentals
Ken Taylor is the contact and can be reached by phone or email at ken@plumislandkayak.com


UMass Lowell Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Canoe, Kayak and Standup Paddleboard rentals will provided for the CYC Lou Marcel Canoe Race through UMass Lowell Outdoor Adventure and Kayak Center. Rentals must be reserved and paid in full through our online registration. Registration will close on June 2, 2023. Canoes and Tandem kayaks are suitable for 2 individuals. More information about our rentals and policies may be found here. Please refer to the race materials for route description, schedule and updates. Rent here. 

Online Waiver: Adult / Child

Rental Registration: Canoe $75 / Tandem Kayak $75 / Solo Kayak $50 / Standup Paddleboard $50